My 1979 Weekly Pop Charts

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Starting the new year in Tunisia – El Djem (en route to Star Wars film-land)

3rd JAN 1979

It’s a new year 1979 and I hit 21, all grown up. I didn’t have a party, though after my mate had returned from Wisconsin and found I’d turned 21 he nagged me to have a belated one (thanks Pete!) at home in Mansfield. So I did, my College friends came, one spiked another’s drink, who threw up on my parents bed (no names as she’s still embarrassed about it), and waddya know Pete didn’t make it to the party – he never was conventional, married a Japanese girl and last seen in Tokyo being daddy.

Music-wise, just like today oldies from the previous year get a boost, and the lack of new singles allows a sneaky new chart-topper. Sally Oldfield just sounded so right for the new year, all fresh and delightful, and her brother was ringing in the changes at 18 too. Ian Dury’s classic gets to 6, while Elton and Hot Choc get another Top 10 in very long runs of top 10 hits, give or take.

Earth Wind & Fire are a bit late for September, but chart in my next 2014 chart with the same song courtesy of being used heavily in current movie Last Vegas (and making the Archive Chart Top 40) which I saw this week. Shalamar get a big climber with a great disco soul record, and highest new entry is veteran Frankie Avalon and his Grease cameo (very amusing and 50’s pastiche too) joining Paul Evans from the same clean-cut pop-star era and Mud covering a 50‘s doo-wop classic. Having disco-fied Star Wars Meco has a less-successful go at the Wizard Of Oz, and Manhattan Transfer have a lot of questions and very few answers…

New Year TV is dominated by old films, notably New Year sentimental comedy classic from Billy Wilder, The Apartment. Jack Lemmon and Shirley Maclaine stole my heart and a real fave.

1 ( 5 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
2 ( 1 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
3 ( 3 ) ELO EP (EVIL WOMAN/STRANGE MAGIC/CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD/MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
4 ( 2 ) I LOST MY HEART TO A STARSHIP TROOPER Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
5 ( 6 ) DOCTOR WHO Mankind
6 ( 12 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury & The Blockheads
7 ( 4 ) MARY’S BOY CHILD/ OH MY LORD Boney M
8 ( 8 ) LE FREAK Chic
9 ( 16 ) SONG FOR GUY Elton John
10 ( 14 ) I’LL PUT YOU TOGETHER AGAIN Hot Chocolate

11 ( 7 ) DO YA THINK I’M SEXY Rod Stewart
12 ( 10 ) LAY YOUR LOVE ON ME Racey
13 ( 11 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
14 ( 9 ) TOO MUCH HEAVEN The Bee Gees
15 ( 17 ) I’M EVERY WOMAN Chaka Khan
16 ( 13 ) HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE Blondie
17 ( 25 ) SEPTEMBER” Earth, Wind And Fire
18 ( 15 ) TAKE 4 EP Mike Oldfield
19 ( 22 ) A LITTLE MORE LOVE Olivia Newton-John
20 ( 26 ) ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic

21 ( 15 ) IN THE BUSH Musique
22 ( 20 ) SHOOTING STAR Dollar
23 ( 35 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray
24 ( 21 ) I LOVE AMERICA Patrick Juvet
25 ( 32 ) HELLO THIS IS JOANNIE Paul Evans
26 ( 24 ) RAINING IN MY HEART Leo Sayer
27 ( 49 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
28 ( 23 ) YOU DON’T BRING ME FLOWERS Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond
29 ( 29 ) SWEET TALKING WOMAN E.L.O.
30 ( 30 ) PROMISES Buzzcocks

31 ( 28 ) HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU Olivia Newton-John
32 ( 27 ) FAT BOTTOMED GIRLS/ BICYCLE RACE Queen
33 ( 37 ) MY LIFE Billy Joel
34 ( 19 ) ACCIDENT PRONE Status Quo
35 ( 36 ) DANCE (DISCO HEAT) Sylvester
36 ( 38 ) B.A.B.Y. Rachel Sweet
37 ( 41 ) PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS The Eagles
38 ( 40 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
39 ( 39 ) SUMMER NIGHTS John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
40 ( 31 ) ALWAYS AND FOREVER Heatwave

41 ( 34 ) DON’T CRY OUT LOUD Elkie Brooks
42 ( 33 ) GREASED LIGHTNING John Travolta
43 ( 63 ) TAKE THAT TO THE BANK Shalamar
44 ( 44 ) SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind
45 ( 51 ) SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba
46 ( 46 ) PUBLIC IMAGE Public Image Limited
47 ( 43 ) PART TIME LOVE Elton John
48 ( 42 ) RASPUTIN Boney M
49 ( 47 ) TOMMY GUN The Clash
50 ( 52 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Sylvester

51 ( 57 ) RIVERS OF BABYLON Boney M
52 ( NEW ) BEAUTY SCHOOL DROPOUT Frankie Avalon
53 ( 58 ) EVE OF THE WAR Jeff Wayne (& Justin Hayward)
54 ( 45 ) MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL The Cars
55 ( 48 ) GERM FREE ADOLESCENT X-Ray Spex
56 ( 53 ) DOWN IN THE TUBE STATION AT MIDNIGHT The Jam
57 ( 59 ) RIGHT DOWN THE LINE Gerry Rafferty
58 ( NEW ) THE WIZARD OF OZ Meco
59 ( 50 ) INSTANT REPLAY Dan Hartman
60 ( 69 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE Barry White

61 ( 51 ) ANYWAY YOU DO IT Liquid Gold
62 ( 55 ) MCCARTHUR PARK Donna Summer
63 ( 60 ) OH WHAT A CIRCUS David Essex
64 ( 64 ) FOREVER AUTUMN Justin Hayward
65 ( 68 ) COULD IT BE MAGIC Barry Manilow
66 ( 71 ) NIGHT FEVER The Bee Gees
67 ( 67 ) SUBSTITUTE Clout
68 ( 72 ) IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU Yvonne Elliman
69 ( 65 ) JILTED JOHN Jilted John
70 ( 66 ) DAYLIGHT KATY Gordon Lightfoot

71 ( NEW ) NEW DAY Airwaves
72 ( 54 ) CHRISTMAS IN SMURFLAND Father Abraham & The Smurfs
73 ( 56 ) LAY LOVE ON YOU Luisa Fernandez
74 ( NEW ) WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE Mud
75 ( NEW ) WHO WHAT WHEN WHERE WHY Manhattan Transfer

TV
1 THE APARTMENT
2 What’s New Pussycat?
3 Top Of The Pops
4 Fantastic Journey (Wed)
5 MASH (part 2)
6 Happy Days
7 The Rockford Files
8 Fantastic Journey (Fri)
9 Fantastic Journey (Thurs)
10 The 2 Ronnies

10th JAN 1979 – Headlines: Tunisia, knife-threats, Roman history and disco hits…

Back to College – and straight off to Tunisia for a Geography field trip (and history/art-related). It wasn’t free, we had to pay for it (staying in Sousse), but it was a great experience. Visits to schools, Roman amphitheatres at El Djem (not far from where Star Wars had been filmed) and a ruin at Carthage (Tunis) – oh and a pottery where my bag managed to knock over and break an urn. “Ca va ca va” said the generous owner, but I felt obliged to buy a crooked vase as penance. Still got it…

My mate Pete (yes him again) had barely got off the plane from the States and he was back on this one to Tunisia, providing me with a great disco experience. Well, cut short experience when he lept to the defence of some of the girls who were getting hassled by local lads to dance. Having already watched one student reduced to tears after one gentleman in the local market offered to buy her for a camel – maybe she was insulted it wasn’t two! – the girls were getting bit fed up with the gropey “fair-game” attitude towards Western women. Anyway, we enjoyed Barry White’s Just The Way You Are, and freaked out properly to Chic’s Le Freak, but after Pete had been threatened with a knife once he stepped outside we decided an early night was the way forward and left in a gang for safety. Aahh Happy days (and explains the short TV chart!) – hoping to finally catch that 1979 Top Of The Pops I missed this week…

So, YMCA back at the top (bound to have been on at the disco!), Anne Murray finally gets into the Top 10 after 2 or 3 months in the chart, her first since 1974, and three new entries into the Top 40: Phoebe Snow with Paul McCartney’s Every Night, Diana Ross & Michael Jackson with the single from the Movie The Wiz (and explains Meco’s Oz cash-in), and the Queen mum’s alleged fave pop hit novelty song Car 67, which was actually fairly charming.

1 ( 2 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
2 ( 1 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
3 ( 3 ) ELO EP (EVIL WOMAN/STRANGE MAGIC/CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD/MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
4 ( 6 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury & The Blockheads
5 ( 5 ) DOCTOR WHO Mankind
6 ( 4 ) I LOST MY HEART TO A STARSHIP TROOPER Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
7 ( 10 ) I’LL PUT YOU TOGETHER AGAIN Hot Chocolate
8 ( 23 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray
9 ( 7 ) MARY’S BOY CHILD/ OH MY LORD Boney M
10 ( 8 ) LE FREAK Chic

11 ( 9 ) SONG FOR GUY Elton John
12 ( 19 ) A LITTLE MORE LOVE Olivia Newton-John
13 ( 17 ) SEPTEMBER” Earth, Wind And Fire
14 ( 11 ) DO YA THINK I’M SEXY Rod Stewart
15 ( 13 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
16 ( 12 ) LAY YOUR LOVE ON ME Racey
17 ( 15 ) I’M EVERY WOMAN Chaka Khan
18 ( 20 ) ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic
19 ( 14 ) TOO MUCH HEAVEN The Bee Gees
20 ( 16 ) HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE Blondie

21 ( 21 ) IN THE BUSH Musique
22 ( 25 ) HELLO THIS IS JOANNIE Paul Evans
23 ( 22 ) SHOOTING STAR Dollar
24 ( 18 ) TAKE 4 EP Mike Oldfield
25 ( NEW ) EVERY NIGHT Phoebe Snow
26 ( NEW ) EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD Diana Ross & Michael Jackson
27 ( NEW ) CAR 67 Driver 67
28 ( 52 ) BEAUTY SCHOOL DROPOUT Frankie Avalon
29 ( 24 ) I LOVE AMERICA Patrick Juvet
30 ( 30 ) PROMISES Buzzcocks

31 ( 26 ) RAINING IN MY HEART Leo Sayer
32 ( 35 ) DANCE (DISCO HEAT) Sylvester
33 ( 36 ) B.A.B.Y. Rachel Sweet
34 ( 27 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
35 ( 38 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
36 ( 29 ) SWEET TALKING WOMAN E.L.O.
37 ( 31 ) HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU Olivia Newton-John
38 ( 33 ) MY LIFE Billy Joel
39 ( 39 ) SUMMER NIGHTS John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
40 ( 40 ) ALWAYS AND FOREVER Heatwave

41 ( 32 ) FAT BOTTOMED GIRLS/ BICYCLE RACE Queen
42 ( 34 ) ACCIDENT PRONE Status Quo
43 ( 43 ) TAKE THAT TO THE BANK Shalamar
44 ( 60 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE Barry White
45 ( 49 ) TOMMY GUN The Clash
46 ( 28 ) YOU DON’T BRING ME FLOWERS Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond
47 ( 45 ) SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba
48 ( 44 ) SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind
49 ( 51 ) RIVERS OF BABYLON Boney M
50 ( 41 ) DON’T CRY OUT LOUD Elkie Brooks

51 ( 46 ) PUBLIC IMAGE Public Image Limited
52 ( 58 ) THE WIZARD OF OZ Meco
53 ( 48 ) RASPUTIN Boney M
54 ( 50 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Sylvester
55 ( 53 ) EVE OF THE WAR Jeff Wayne (& Justin Hayward)
56 ( 42 ) GREASED LIGHTNING John Travolta
57 ( 57 ) RIGHT DOWN THE LINE Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 65 ) COULD IT BE MAGIC Barry Manilow
59 ( 47 ) PART TIME LOVE Elton John
60 ( 56 ) DOWN IN THE TUBE STATION AT MIDNIGHT The Jam

61 ( 55 ) GERM FREE ADOLESCENT X-Ray Spex
62 ( 37 ) PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS The Eagles
63 ( NEW ) FALLEN ANGEL Barbara Dickson
64 ( 64 ) FOREVER AUTUMN Justin Hayward
65 ( 66 ) NIGHT FEVER The Bee Gees
66 ( 59 ) INSTANT REPLAY Dan Hartman
67 ( 68 ) IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU Yvonne Elliman
68 ( 67 ) SUBSTITUTE Clout
69 ( 63 ) OH WHAT A CIRCUS David Essex
70 ( 75 ) WHO WHAT WHEN WHERE WHY Manhattan Transfer

71 ( 54 ) MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL The Cars
72 ( 69 ) JILTED JOHN Jilted John
73 ( 62 ) MCCARTHUR PARK Donna Summer
74 ( 70 ) DAYLIGHT KATY Gordon Lightfoot
75 ( NEW ) HOW ARE YOU GONNA SEE ME NOW Alice Cooper

TV
1 It’ll Be Alright On The Night
2 Mork & Mindy
3 Film ’79
4 Parkinson

17th Jan _1979

A roll-over holiday chart, I think, as there are no new records, only re-entries and nothing much happening. The Superman movie was out, or shortly out, which was a great blockbuster movie of a comics favourite, and John Williams was in his prime, churning out great soundtrack after great soundtrack. The movie’s a bit overlong and dated these days, sadly! YMCA gets a 3rd week at the top, and seems like nothing can shift it, as nothing new is entering. Barry White goes up, though, as does writer Billy Joel. My friend Jane had a few tears when Just The Way You Are came on at the Hotel disco (Sousse) as she was missing her boyfriend and future hubbie Dave and it was their song. If you’re going to pick a song for it’s lyrics for the love of your life that’s a pretty good one to go for! Just had a birthday card from them last week. Sometimes life is sweet J

On TV, back at home, Blake’s 7 was starting to look good as a new rebel-led sci-fi drama, Top Of The Pops was good, and Morecambe & Wise were still amusing.

1 ( 1 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
2 ( 3 ) ELO EP (EVIL WOMAN/STRANGE MAGIC/CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD/MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
3 ( 8 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray
4 ( 2 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
5 ( 7 ) I’LL PUT YOU TOGETHER AGAIN Hot Chocolate
6 ( 4 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury & The Blockheads
7 ( 5 ) DOCTOR WHO Mankind
8 ( 6 ) I LOST MY HEART TO A STARSHIP TROOPER Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
9 ( 12 ) A LITTLE MORE LOVE Olivia Newton-John
10 ( 9 ) MARY’S BOY CHILD/ OH MY LORD Boney M

11 ( 11 ) SONG FOR GUY Elton John
12 ( 13 ) SEPTEMBER” Earth, Wind And Fire
13 ( 10 ) LE FREAK Chic
14 ( 16 ) LAY YOUR LOVE ON ME Racey
15 ( 18 ) ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic
16 ( 26 ) EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD Diana Ross & Michael Jackson
17 ( 14 ) DO YA THINK I’M SEXY Rod Stewart
18 ( 22 ) HELLO THIS IS JOANNIE Paul Evans
19 ( 15 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
20 ( 17 ) I’M EVERY WOMAN Chaka Khan

21 ( 19 ) TOO MUCH HEAVEN The Bee Gees
22 ( 25 ) EVERY NIGHT Phoebe Snow
23 ( 27 ) CAR 67 Driver 67
24 ( 20 ) HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE Blondie
25 ( 23 ) SHOOTING STAR Dollar
26 ( 21 ) IN THE BUSH Musique
27 ( 30 ) PROMISES Buzzcocks
28 ( 28 ) BEAUTY SCHOOL DROPOUT Frankie Avalon
29 ( 24 ) TAKE 4 EP Mike Oldfield
30 ( 33 ) B.A.B.Y. Rachel Sweet

31 ( 58 ) COULD IT BE MAGIC Barry Manilow
32 ( 31 ) RAINING IN MY HEART Leo Sayer
33 ( 29 ) I LOVE AMERICA Patrick Juvet
34 ( 44 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE Barry White
35 ( 32 ) DANCE (DISCO HEAT) Sylvester
36 ( 38 ) MY LIFE Billy Joel
37 ( 37 ) HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU Olivia Newton-John
38 ( 35 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
39 ( 34 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
40 ( 36 ) SWEET TALKING WOMAN E.L.O.

41 ( 39 ) SUMMER NIGHTS John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
42 ( 49 ) RIVERS OF BABYLON Boney M
43 ( 45 ) TOMMY GUN The Clash
44 ( 40 ) ALWAYS AND FOREVER Heatwave
45 ( 41 ) FAT BOTTOMED GIRLS/ BICYCLE RACE Queen
46 ( 52 ) THE WIZARD OF OZ Meco
47 ( 42 ) ACCIDENT PRONE Status Quo
48 ( RE ) NEW DAY Airwaves
49 ( 47 ) SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba
50 ( 48 ) SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind

51 ( 46 ) YOU DON’T BRING ME FLOWERS Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond
52 ( 43 ) TAKE THAT TO THE BANK Shalamar
53 ( RE ) NEW YORK NEW YORK Gerard Kenny
54 ( 51 ) PUBLIC IMAGE Public Image Limited
55 ( 50 ) DON’T CRY OUT LOUD Elkie Brooks
56 ( 55 ) EVE OF THE WAR Jeff Wayne (& Justin Hayward)
57 ( 53 ) RASPUTIN Boney M
58 ( 63 ) FALLEN ANGEL Barbara Dickson
59 ( 54 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Sylvester
60 ( 57 ) RIGHT DOWN THE LINE Gerry Rafferty

61 ( 56 ) GREASED LIGHTNING John Travolta
62 ( 70 ) WHO WHAT WHEN WHERE WHY Manhattan Transfer
63 ( 59 ) PART TIME LOVE Elton John
64 ( 60 ) DOWN IN THE TUBE STATION AT MIDNIGHT The Jam
65 ( 61 ) GERM FREE ADOLESCENT X-Ray Spex
66 ( 65 ) NIGHT FEVER The Bee Gees
67 ( 64 ) FOREVER AUTUMN Justin Hayward
68 ( RE ) RAMA LAMA DING DONG Rocky Sharpe & The Replays
69 ( 68 ) SUBSTITUTE Clout
70 ( 67 ) IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU Yvonne Elliman

71 ( RE ) THEME FROM “SUPERMAN” John Williams’ Original Soundtrack
72 ( 75 ) HOW ARE YOU GONNA SEE ME NOW Alice Cooper
73 ( 69 ) OH WHAT A CIRCUS David Essex
74 ( 72 ) JILTED JOHN Jilted John
75 ( 66 ) INSTANT REPLAY Dan Hartman

TV
1 The Morecambe & Wise Show
2 Top Of The Pops
3 Wonder Woman
4 Blake’s 7
5 Petrocelli (TV film)
6 The Muppet Show
7 Sporting Superstars
8 Mary Hartman Mary Hartman
9 Tomorrow’s World

24th Jan 1979

__The chart at last starts to move, a 4th week at the top for Village People, sadly, as the number 2 from Chic is a better record and should have knocked them off the top. The Tunisian disco mood having a big chart effect as September and the marvellous Funkadelic track go top 10. Highest new entry, meanwhile, at 14, who else but Abba and their lovely Spanish-ballad-cum-circus-finale, all proceeds going to UNESCO (for the Children of the world) just as The Bee Gees Too Much Heaven had. Pity the mega-rich popstars of the moment don’t make a similar gesture with their debut singles for new albums…

TV wise, sitcom of the day SOAP rightly at the top, it was manic, over the top, full of great characters and great performances from a top notch cast, and scripts from future Golden Girls prime-mover Susan Harris. Two veterans dominate otherwise, George Burns wasn’t actually 100 yet (though he would get there) but he was making a career revival largely based around his great one-liners and being so old (being a husband-wife double-act of Vaudeville & radio & TV for most of the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and beyond). Proving that age is no barrier to being sharp, smart and cool. Spike Milligan was also a madcap unpredictable comic genius, often hit and miss, but I went to see him on the tour he was pushing on Parkinson (I think) as I saw him at Lincoln theatre in 1979 and laughed uncontrollably for much of the show. Honestly, I pissed myself over the bit where he pointed up to the audience in the upper circle and exclaimed “Finger!”. It became a running gag between mate Pete and myself for months… (you probably had to be there!)

1 ( 1 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
2 ( 13 ) LE FREAK Chic
3 ( 3 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray
4 ( 4 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
5 ( 9 ) A LITTLE MORE LOVE Olivia Newton-John
6 ( 5 ) I’LL PUT YOU TOGETHER AGAIN Hot Chocolate
7 ( 2 ) ELO EP (EVIL WOMAN/STRANGE MAGIC/CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD/MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
8 ( 12 ) SEPTEMBER” Earth, Wind And Fire
9 ( 15 ) ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic
10 ( 6 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury & The Blockheads

11 ( 8 ) I LOST MY HEART TO A STARSHIP TROOPER Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
12 ( 7 ) DOCTOR WHO Mankind
13 ( 18 ) HELLO THIS IS JOANNIE Paul Evans
14 ( NEW ) CHIQUITITA Abba
15 ( 22 ) EVERY NIGHT Phoebe Snow
16 ( 36 ) MY LIFE Billy Joel
17 ( 11 ) SONG FOR GUY Elton John
18 ( 20 ) I’M EVERY WOMAN Chaka Khan
19 ( 14 ) LAY YOUR LOVE ON ME Racey
20 ( 10 ) MARY’S BOY CHILD/ OH MY LORD Boney M

21 ( 16 ) EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD Diana Ross & Michael Jackson
22 ( 34 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE Barry White
23 ( 23 ) CAR 67 Driver 67
24 ( 17 ) DO YA THINK I’M SEXY Rod Stewart
25 ( 19 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
26 ( 26 ) IN THE BUSH Musique
27 ( NEW ) THIS IS IT Dan Hartman
28 ( 21 ) TOO MUCH HEAVEN The Bee Gees
29 ( 31 ) COULD IT BE MAGIC Barry Manilow
30 ( 52 ) TAKE THAT TO THE BANK Shalamar

31 ( 25 ) SHOOTING STAR Dollar
32 ( NEW ) DON’T HOLD BACK Chanson
33 ( 24 ) HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE Blondie
34 ( 32 ) RAINING IN MY HEART Leo Sayer
35 ( 71 ) THEME FROM “SUPERMAN” John Williams’ Original Soundtrack
36 ( NEW ) A WOMAN IN LOVE The Three Degrees
37 ( 28 ) BEAUTY SCHOOL DROPOUT Frankie Avalon
38 ( 35 ) DANCE (DISCO HEAT) Sylvester
39 ( 33 ) I LOVE AMERICA Patrick Juvet
40 ( 38 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC

41 ( 37 ) HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU Olivia Newton-John
42 ( 27 ) PROMISES Buzzcocks
43 ( 29 ) TAKE 4 EP Mike Oldfield
44 ( 39 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
45 ( 48 ) NEW DAY Airwaves
46 ( 40 ) SWEET TALKING WOMAN E.L.O.
47 ( 44 ) ALWAYS AND FOREVER Heatwave
48 ( 68 ) RAMA LAMA DING DONG Rocky Sharpe & The Replays
49 ( 41 ) SUMMER NIGHTS John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
50 ( NEW ) DESIRE ME A Doll

51 ( 42 ) RIVERS OF BABYLON Boney M
52 ( 30 ) B.A.B.Y. Rachel Sweet
53 ( NEW ) YOU NEED A WOMAN Captain & Tenille
54 ( 59 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Sylvester
55 ( 49 ) SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba
56 ( 50 ) SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind
57 ( 43 ) TOMMY GUN The Clash
58 ( 51 ) YOU DON’T BRING ME FLOWERS Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond
59 ( 45 ) FAT BOTTOMED GIRLS/ BICYCLE RACE Queen
60 ( NEW ) COOL MEDITATION Third World

61 ( 47 ) ACCIDENT PRONE Status Quo
62 ( 56 ) EVE OF THE WAR Jeff Wayne (& Justin Hayward)
63 ( 57 ) RASPUTIN Boney M
64 ( 46 ) THE WIZARD OF OZ Meco
65 ( 54 ) PUBLIC IMAGE Public Image Limited
66 ( 60 ) RIGHT DOWN THE LINE Gerry Rafferty
67 ( NEW ) DON’T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA The Shadows
68 ( 66 ) NIGHT FEVER The Bee Gees
69 ( 62 ) WHO WHAT WHEN WHERE WHY Manhattan Transfer
70 ( 65 ) GERM FREE ADOLESCENT X-Ray Spex

71 ( 58 ) FALLEN ANGEL Barbara Dickson
72 ( 53 ) NEW YORK NEW YORK Gerard Kenny
73 ( 75 ) INSTANT REPLAY Dan Hartman
74 ( 64 ) DOWN IN THE TUBE STATION AT MIDNIGHT The Jam
75 ( 63 ) PART TIME LOVE Elton John

TV
1 Soap
2 Monty Python’s Flying Circus
3 Mork And Mindy
4 Blake’s 7
5 Wonder Woman
6 The Morecambe & Wise Show
7 George Burns’ 100th Birthday Party
8 Parkinson: Spike Milligan
9 The Rockford Files
10 Top Of The Pops

31st jan 1979

At last the charts get moving and exciting again after the looong Christmas lull. Anne Murray finally climbs to the top, and gets her second topper (Snowbird in 1970 the first) with her American Number one ballad. Blondie come from nowhere with a disco anthem in at 6, leap-frogging even Abba. Just to rub it in that disco was one of the major forces behind the mass-record-sales of 1979, everyone was doing it, rock, new wave, MOR, pop, metal acts (aka Stones, Rod, Blondie, Abba, Kiss and more) and even US-only stars like teen Leif Garrett who had a great little disco-chugger UK hit at last.

Big leaps for Superman, one-hit wonders A Doll, cool Third World reggae, classy disco Shalamar, majestic OTT Manilow, and child-hood big-stars The Shadows and their Evita instrumental re-tread. New entries lower down include great MOR rock from Toto and The Baby‘s, more French synth and disco from Jarre & Cerrone, and pub rock from Dr Feelgood.

1 ( 3 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray
2 ( 1 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
3 ( 5 ) A LITTLE MORE LOVE Olivia Newton-John
4 ( 4 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
5 ( 8 ) SEPTEMBER” Earth, Wind And Fire
6 ( NEW ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
7 ( 15 ) EVERY NIGHT Phoebe Snow
8 ( 14 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
9 ( 2 ) LE FREAK Chic
10 ( 35 ) THEME FROM “SUPERMAN” John Williams’ Original Soundtrack

11 ( 50 ) DESIRE ME A Doll
12 ( 29 ) COULD IT BE MAGIC Barry Manilow
13 ( 6 ) I’LL PUT YOU TOGETHER AGAIN Hot Chocolate
14 ( 7 ) ELO EP (EVIL WOMAN/STRANGE MAGIC/CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD/MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
15 ( 10 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury & The Blockheads
16 ( 30 ) TAKE THAT TO THE BANK Shalamar
17 ( 9 ) ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic
18 ( NEW ) I WAS MADE FOR DANCING Leif Garrett
19 ( 16 ) MY LIFE Billy Joel
20 ( 13 ) HELLO THIS IS JOANNIE Paul Evans

21 ( 11 ) I LOST MY HEART TO A STARSHIP TROOPER Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
22 ( 12 ) DOCTOR WHO Mankind
23 ( 22 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE Barry White
24 ( 27 ) THIS IS IT Dan Hartman
25 ( 17 ) SONG FOR GUY Elton John
26 ( 18 ) I’M EVERY WOMAN Chaka Khan
27 ( 20 ) MARY’S BOY CHILD/ OH MY LORD Boney M
28 ( 19 ) LAY YOUR LOVE ON ME Racey
29 ( 60 ) COOL MEDITATION Third World
30 ( 24 ) DO YA THINK I’M SEXY Rod Stewart

31 ( 23 ) CAR 67 Driver 67
32 ( 32 ) DON’T HOLD BACK Chanson
33 ( 25 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
34 ( 21 ) EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD Diana Ross & Michael Jackson
35 ( 67 ) DON’T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA The Shadows
36 ( 28 ) TOO MUCH HEAVEN The Bee Gees
37 ( 31 ) SHOOTING STAR Dollar
38 ( 26 ) IN THE BUSH Musique
39 ( 48 ) RAMA LAMA DING DONG Rocky Sharpe & The Replays
40 ( 40 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC

41 ( 33 ) HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE Blondie
42 ( 36 ) A WOMAN IN LOVE The Three Degrees
43 ( 53 ) YOU NEED A WOMAN Captain & Tenille
44 ( 39 ) I LOVE AMERICA Patrick Juvet
45 ( 34 ) RAINING IN MY HEART Leo Sayer
46 ( 38 ) DANCE (DISCO HEAT) Sylvester
47 ( 44 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
48 ( 45 ) NEW DAY Airwaves
49 ( 41 ) HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU Olivia Newton-John
50 ( 46 ) SWEET TALKING WOMAN E.L.O.

51 ( NEW ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
52 ( 49 ) SUMMER NIGHTS John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
53 ( 42 ) PROMISES Buzzcocks
54 ( NEW ) (OUR LOVE) DON’T THROW IT ALL AWAY Andy Gibb
55 ( 47 ) ALWAYS AND FOREVER Heatwave
56 ( 56 ) SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind
57 ( 54 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Sylvester
58 ( 51 ) RIVERS OF BABYLON Boney M
59 ( 37 ) BEAUTY SCHOOL DROPOUT Frankie Avalon
60 ( 55 ) SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba

61 ( 65 ) PUBLIC IMAGE Public Image Limited
62 ( 62 ) EVE OF THE WAR Jeff Wayne (& Justin Hayward)
63 ( 43 ) TAKE 4 EP Mike Oldfield
64 ( 58 ) YOU DON’T BRING ME FLOWERS Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond
65 ( 57 ) TOMMY GUN The Clash
66 ( NEW ) WHEN I’M AWAY FROM YOU Frankie Miller
67 ( 63 ) RASPUTIN Boney M
68 ( NEW ) EQUINOXE 5 Jean-Michel Jarre
69 ( 66 ) RIGHT DOWN THE LINE Gerry Rafferty
70 ( 59 ) FAT BOTTOMED GIRLS/ BICYCLE RACE Queen

71 ( NEW ) JE SUIS MUSIC Cerrone
72 ( 68 ) NIGHT FEVER The Bee Gees
73 ( 52 ) B.A.B.Y. Rachel Sweet
74 ( NEW ) EVERY TIME I THINK OF YOU The Baby’s
75 ( NEW ) MILK AND ALCOHOL Dr. Feelgood

TV
1 Monthy Python’s Flying Circus
2 Mork And Mindy
3 Soap
4 Blake’s 7
5 Doctor Who
6 Parkinson
7 The Rockford Files
8 Top Of The Pops
9 Call My Bluff
10 Life On earth

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2 thoughts on “My 1979 Weekly Pop Charts

  1. Hi, John!
    What a surprising Number One from Sally Oldfield!
    Thank you for very interesting stories from your teenage days. Were you keeping a diary then, John?

  2. Hi Andrej, I did actually keep a diary from 76 till about 98 but never had the nerve to go back and read them (and listen to young me whingeing) so it’s all based on memory I’m afraid, no doubt there’s stories I’ve forgotten! The 70’s are more vivid to me than any other decade except the last 6 or 7 years:) Or at least more was happening to me in those days (in a good way). I’m watching Olivia NJ on Top Of The Pops 1979 as I type this and it really does only seem a few years back to me, not 35 years! arrrgh!

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